Ahead of GLSEN's National Day of Silence—when thousands of students across the country take a stand against bullying in support of LGBT students—we are reminded of the many LGBT youth who feel like they do not have a voice because of the bullying and discrimination they experience in school.
Last year on GLSEN’s Day of Silence, I went to school wearing a T-shirt that read, “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” The shirt is a representation of my identity – I’m gay. Wearing the shirt was a statement, yes. But at first, my school told me I wasn’t allowed to wear it, and threatened me with suspension if I did.
Two near-simultaneous developments have left many people understandably confused about whether students in New York are protected from harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.